Details of Measure

General Description
Country or Region South Africa
Official Title Regulations on Bio-Prospecting, Access and Benefit-Sharing
Level National/Federal
Type of Measure Regulation
Status of Measure Entered into force
Date of Entry into Force 2008-04-01
Additional Information
Full-text of Measure Document

Main ABS Elements

ABS Element
Description Relevant articles and sections
National Focal Point Link to South Africa - National Contacts
Competent National Authority
Permit issuing authority Art. 6
Application of regulations Art. 3
Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedures
Application for permits (fees) Art. 9-10, Annexure 1.1, Annexure 2 (Part 1)
Mutually Agreed Terms (MATs)
Benefit-sharing Art. 17, Annexure 8
Duty of permit holders Art. 18
Export permit for research other than bioprospecting (fees) Art. 13, Annexure 1.3, 3, 6
Integrated export and bioprospecting permit (fees) Art. 12, Annexure 1.2, 2 (Part 2), 5
Material transfer agreements Art. 16, Anexure 7
Terms for bioprospecting and other research Art. 4-5
Terms of agreement for permit Art. 11, Annexure 4
Compliance Mechanisms
Offences and penalties Art. 20-21
Exemptions (activities related to indigenous biological resources) No. R. 149 Schedule 1-2
Transitional provisions (bioprospecting commenced prior to regulations) Art. 22

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